Holder & Pooran takes Windies over the line in a close 2nd ODI v Aus
Fine knocks from Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran took West Indies over the line in a close encounter vs Australia in the 2nd ODI. West Indies thus levelled the series 1-1 with 1 to play.
After the covid related hiccups, the ODI series has resumed after a couple of days. Australia batted first and was rattle by some superb bowling from Jason Hilder and spinner Akeal Hosein. After McDermott lasted two balls, Josh Phillipe(16) showed early promise before being caught in the deep. Holder bowled an unplayable outswinger to get the edge of in-form Mitchel Marsh (9). Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein bowled magical deliveries to get rid of Henriques, Carey (10) and Turner to leave Australia reeling at 45/6 in the 13th over.
However, Mathew Wade and Mitchel Starc curbed their natural aggressive instincts to put their head down and build up a long partnership of 51 runs before Starc was lbw to Australia’s nemesis Hayden Walsh for 19 off 43 balls. Holder & Pooran takes Windies over the line in a close 2nd ODI v Aus .
The bigger blow came after a 32 run stand between Zampa and Wade when Wade’s (36) lofted off-drive was pouched by Pooran off Joseph. Zampa (36) and Wes Agar (41) batted with common sense to take Australia to 187 all out in 47 overs. Something to bowl at considering the fragility of West Indian batting.
For the Windies, Alzarri Joseph(3/39) and Akeal Hosein (3/30) were the most successful bowlers while others contributed sufficiently.
Chasing 188 for victory West Indies were rattle early by the lethal pace and movement of Mitchel Starc who removed Lewis and Darren Bravo with brutal deliveries. Later Jason Mohammed (11) was bowled by a beautiful googly from Zampa to leave West Indies at an uncomfortable 47/3.
Shai Hope and Pooran tried to consolidate before Hope(38) lost his patience and was bowled by Ashton Turner. Soon Pollard (2) was castle by another classy googly from Zampa as he shape to turn towards onside and Australia were back in business at 72/5.
This followed the most crucial partnership of the match that clinched the game in West Indies favour as Pooran and Holder played with controlled aggression to add 93 for the 6th wicket. Holder (52) played some dazzling shots before he was lbw to Starc. However, Pooran (59notout) held on grimly with Alzarri Joseph while the Aussies made a last-ditch effort to get the remaining wickets.
West Indies finally won by 4 wickets in 38 overs but the final outcome does not give the true idea of how close the match was. Had Pooran’s easy catch was not drop by Henriques at mid off when the batter was on 26, it may well have been a different story.
Mitchel Starc (3/26) again looked in great rhythm which is a big news for Australia. Zampa (2/43) bowled with skill but the target was too small to defend by the Aussie bowlers.
Pooran was the man of the match for his match-winning knock
West Indies won by 4 wkts
AUS 187/10 (47.1 Ovs)
Wes Agar 41(36)
Akeal Hosein 3/30
Alzarri Joseph 3/39
WI 191/6 (38 Ovs)